Profile America: Civil Rights Act of 1968

Tuesday, April 11 — On this date 49 years ago, the Civil Rights Act of 1968 became law. At the bill signing ceremony, President Lyndon Johnson said, “The proudest moments of my presidency have been times such as this when I have signed into law the promises of a century.” Putting the event into perspective, it occurred one week to the day after the assassination of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Among its provisions, the Act protected civil rights workers, expanded the rights of American Indians, and established measures to end discrimination in housing.

Across the U.S., there are nearly 134 million housing units. African-Americans live in some 16.4 million homes, and the Hispanic population in 16.2 million households. The American Indian and Alaska Native population form some 1.8 million households.

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